Hibernating Animals

Today I’m inspired by…animals that hibernate. Kind of random but my son was talking about how bears go to sleep in their caves for a long time and then wake up in the spring. We looked up some other animals that hibernate and the list we found inspired me to play around on Etsy to see what I could find for each animal. The stuff I discovered was pretty neat!

Alphabet and Number Poster Woodland Series 11x14 Nursery Wall Decor
Alphabet Print from The Paper Tray
Aren’t these colors great? I also love how the little animals accent a few letters.
Personalized Stationary with Hedgehogs and Flowers Set of 25
Hedgehog Personalized Stationary from Invitations and Such
These little guys are so cute! What a great color combination!
Woodland Critters Series - Pick Your Mix - Set of 3 Illustrations 8.5 in x 11 in
Woodland Critters Series - Pick Your Mix - Set of 3 Illustrations 8.5 in x 11 in
Woodland Critters Series - Pick Your Mix - Set of 3 Illustrations 8.5 in x 11 in
I love everything about these little guys! The colors, the illustrations…totally cute!
I’d have a hard time choosing just 3 for the Pick 3 special- check out his shop for a million other amazing things.
Reginald - The Little Raccoon
Butterscotch Tweed Fox - Made to order
I love, love, love Sleepy King’s shop. Check it out for some seriously adorable stuffed creatures.
oren and nero. they like legwarmers.
Aren’t these guys cute? And I love the colors used- even the background!
Print of my original folk art mixed media painting - Welcome Frogs
I love the mixed-media collage style and the colors. Those frog faces are adorable!
Turtle Stack II (Limited Edition Print)
I love the brown shades with the teal and white…awesome. There are tons of cute illustrations at Barking Bird Art.

December 29, 2009. Animals, Etsy. Leave a comment.


Today I’m inspired by…Owls. Perhaps it’s the association with education or the fact that they are quite hot in decor and scrapbooking lately. I just picked up a cute piece of flair for my school lanyard from the American Crafts booth at Scrapfest this past weekend- an adorable little owl from their Halloween collection. Here are some fun owl things I found on the web.

Alternate View

Brooke Sheeting from Pottery Barn Kids Inspiration point: These little owls would be so cute to paper-piece with different patterns and colors. I think the owl on the pillow is super cute but I had to include that pink owl with the corduroy face, too!

owl to-do

Owl To-Do List from 29 Olives Inspiration point: I like how the lines aren’t perfect and the little owls are so adorable. Maybe I could use my circle punch to make the belly of the owl like these guys.

Lola the Owl PIllow PDF Pattern Simple Fun Creative

Lola the Owl Pillow PDF Pattern by ginia18 on Etsy Inspiration point: I love how these patterns are put together- this owl has such beautiful eyes!

Owling Sake Pot from Anthropologie Inspiration point: How could you pass this little guy up? This color combination would be great- white and gray with a little bit of black and orange.

Printed Cotton Rug from Urban Outfitters

Printed Cotton Rug by Urban Outfitters Inspiration point: I like the mix of colors and patterns on this one…I know I have some scraps with busy patterns like this that would look great as owls.

September 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Animals, Birds, Owls. Leave a comment.

Collage Art

Today I’m inspired by…collage art. I just signed up for an online class to help jumpstart my creative side, especially during the hectic month  that is September (at least for teacher-me). The instructor is Elise Blaha, who is a very talented artist (in my humble opinion). She has a blog, a website, an Etsy shop, and teaches classes– oh and holds down a job and is planning a wedding. Her main outlet is making creative, mixed-media mini books. Click here to see her work. I look at the mix of papers and it reminds me a lot of collage art and using up scraps to make art or a book. Here is some great inspiration from the web:

Fleur Patchwork Quilt at Urban Outfitters Inspiration point: I love the mix of bright patterns- alone you would never guess that they would work so well together. It inspires me to just try to mix and match the scraps I already have- you never know how it will turn out!

Kala Pillow by CB2 Inspiration point: Usually we see patchwork in squares and I like how this is in stripes instead. I’m thinking mixing ribbon or strips of paper for a card or background.

Window Box Wall Art from Land of Nod Inspiration point: Hmm…maybe I need to look at my scraps to make some home decor. These pieces look easy to replicate- or maybe a dalmatian for my little guy’s firetruck room.

Nature Collage Wall Art PB Teen

Nature Collage Wall Art from PB Teen Inspiration point: I love how the background is a patchwork collage and there is a flower on top in black. This would be great for a decorative element on pages or cards.

Patchwork Frame Anthropologie

Patchwork Frame from Anthropologie Inspiration point: What a great idea to use bright scraps to create a frame around a photo. I’m thinkin’ it might have to be a black and white photo or one with a lot of neutral and maybe a little bright color in it. Maybe a photo of a child in a bright swimsuit at a beach?

Petit Collage from Martha Stewart templates available

Petit Collage from the Martha Stewart Show Inspiration point: I love these animals on wood. Bonus: Martha’s website offers a video, instructions, and templates for the elephant, owl and bulldogs (not shown) here.

August 17, 2009. Tags: , , . Animals, Collage, Flowers, Patterns. Leave a comment.

Charley Harper

Today I’m inspired by…Charley Harper. He was an amazing artist/illustrator who specialized in wildlife prints. Though you may not know his name, you will probably recognize his art. Todd Oldham (the designer) wrote a book about Charley Harper’s life and art called Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life. Unfortunately I don’t have $135 to drop on that coffee table book, but maybe this memory game, children’s book , or coloring book would be more in my price range. Here are some more pieces from Charley’s collection:


ABC Book Cover








August 13, 2009. Tags: , , . Animals, Birds, Illustrators, Insects. Leave a comment.


Today I’m inspired by…birds. It seems like they are popping up everywhere- and not just outside. We have been watching a family of birds that made a nest near our home and they seem to have moved along. T has loved seeing them hatch and grow. Here is some birdy inspiration from the web:

Birdcage Tapestry from Urban Outfitters Inspiration point: I think these colors are great together. I always tell myself to try to use white for a background and it usually doesn’t happen. The large dose of white with hints of brown, orange, teal and yellow looks great together.

Bird Vase by Joanna Mendicino from Urban Outfitters

Pigeon Vase by J. Mendicino Inspiration point: I just think this little guy is cute! Definitely something I could paper-piece on a layout or draw freehand. Check out J. Mendicino’s website for other birds (like quails and sparrows).

Happy As A Lark Coasters Anthropologie

Happy as a Lark Coasters from Anthropologie Inspiration point: Aren’t these colors great together? I also like the little flowers and dots in the background.

Journal Notebook Green Birds

Journal Notebook- Green Birds by Zany on Etsy Inspiration point: These birds are so cute! Definitely doodle-able. I also like the variety of colors that make up the pattern.

Blue and Yellow Bird Brooch

Blue and Yellow Bird Brooch by BlueTerracotta on Etsy Inspiration point: Isn’t this guy cute?! I love the mix of fabrics used on this bird…check out BlueTerracotta’s Etsy site for more birds.

Graphic Plates Series 8 at Urban

Graphic Plates Series 8 from Urban Outfitters Inspiration point: I love office supplies (you may remember from a previous post) so these plates caught my eye. I think it would be cool to use the office-themed papers and apply rub-ons that wouldn’t necessarily “go” with that type of style.

August 12, 2009. Tags: , . Animals, Birds. Leave a comment.


Today I’m inspired by…butterflies. T has been pretty excited about seeing butterflies ever since he saw on PBS that caterpillars change into butterflies. I didn’t even think he was paying attention but then he saw a caterpillar and told me it would be a butterfly. Crazy for a 2 year-old! Here are some great butterflies from the web:

Bella Butterfly Artwork

Bella Butterfly Artwork from Pottery Barn Kids I love these prints- you can see them closer on the website. I will definitely be using my circle punch and some scraps to create art like this! These also incorporate buttons, ribbons, fabric and paint.

3-D Butterflies Pottery Barn Kids

3D Butterflies from Pottery Barn Kids Inspiration point: I love how these stand out from the wall and they look like they were made of patterned paper. I think Martha Stewart has a cute butterfly punch (or this one!) that would be perfect for these!

 Mia Art

Mia Art by Pottery Barn Kids Inspiration point: I definitely have to get out the watercolors to replicate this. I like how the background is striped and the butterflies are on top. I bet it would look great with some vintage-looking typed paper from an old dictionary or something.

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DwellStudio for Target Butterflies Decorative Pillow Inspiration point: Wouldn’t this make a great background or accent block on a girly page? I love how there are different patterns. You could just ink the edges or sew the butterflies on.

Botanicals Published by Assouline Inspiration point: I think butterflies themselves are full of amazing color combinations. This book would make for some amazing inspiration!

August 6, 2009. Tags: , , . Animals, Girls, Home, Insects, Kids, Pottery Barn. Leave a comment.


Today I’m inspired by…animals. I took T to the zoo yesterday (he’s been begging for practically the entire summer) and we had a great time. He wanted to do four things: play on the new playground, ride the monorail, feed the giraffes, and see the sharks. We were in and out in 2 hours- it was great. I love having a membership so we can make those quick trips without feeling like we wasted our money (all in all I spent $13 since we bought a little giraffe puppet to commemorate the giraffe-feeding). Here is some cool animal inspiration for you! (Note: the descriptions are now under the pictures, hope you don’t mind!)

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40″ Giraffe Statue from Target Inspiration point: I love the patterns and colors! I took Stephanie Ackerman’s All About Doodles class and these designs would be great for all the doodles I’ve been making.

Animal Puzzle Blocks by Land of Nod Inspiration point: The mix of colors is great and I love the the animal illustrations.

Art Baby Flashcards at momastore

Art Baby Flash Cards from momastore.org Inspiration point: The black and white graphics and simple designs are so cute! I love how they wrote the animal’s name with a little detail (though I’m not sure I’d pick the music notes for the elephant…maybe peanuts?)

Chat Noir Art Print

Chat Noir by Ken Bailey Inspiration point: The yellow and green with a touch of orange and teal is a great color scheme. I also think this would make a good page layout- a large photo on the top and a border on the bottom for part of the title.

Pug Orange Juice Art Print

Pug Orange Juice by Ken Bailey Inspiration point: These colors work so well together. Who knew green, black, peach, orange and a little off-white could be so eye-catching?

Magnetic Animals by DwellStudio

Magnet Elephant by Dwell Studio Inspiration point: {sigh} I could look at Dwell Studio’s website all day. They are masters of mixing patterns and colors to create fabulous things. This elephant is a prime example.

Finger Puppets by DwellStudio

Animal Finger Puppets by Dwell Studio Inspiration point: I think I’ll use these as patterns for paper-piecing. I love how they used patterned fabric with the plain colors- I have lots of scraps I could use up and those woodland creatures are quite popular in scrapbooking and cards.

July 30, 2009. Tags: , . Animals, Colors, Kids. Leave a comment.